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Novel melanoma drug ‘dramatic’

Posted on June 16, 2011

Source: Dermatology Times E-News A new study reveals dramatic results for an experimental drug designed to attack a melanoma tumor’s genetic trigger in patients with advanced disease. About half of melanoma patients’ tumors carry a mutation of the BRAF gene, which causes skin cells to reproduce out of control. The experimental drug, called PLX4032 or […]

Bye-bye "Food Pyramid". Hello "MyPlate"!

Posted on June 2, 2011

Say goodbye to the USDA Food Pyramid. The Pyramid, introduced in 1992, has been replaced by a simpler new graphic, the Plate. It’s a lot simpler, and easier to understand. There’s less emphasis on grains, and more emphasis on fruits and vegetables, which now make up one-half of the plate. It’s all part of the […]

Clever public service announcement about the dangers of tanning

Posted on June 1, 2011

“You look great in leather!” I see that leathery sun-damaged skin too often, here in sun-drenched Florida! And it’s hard to fix! In all seriousness, though, here are some tips about how to preserve your skin from sun damage and avoid skin cancers, from – Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. […]

New Adhesive Tape Test for Melanoma

Posted on May 31, 2011

A new, noninvasive test that relies on a special adhesive tape to collect cells from the surface of suspicious skin lesions can accurately identify both early and advanced melanomas, researchers say. It might be a way,in future, to avoid surgical biopsies of skin lesions. The experimental tape test is being developed by California-based biotech company […]

Transplant surgeon murdered at Florida Hospital

Posted on May 27, 2011

A murder-suicide in a parking garage at Florida Hospital in Orlando left a doctor and the gunman dead today, police said. The doctor was identified as 41-year-old Dmitriy Nikitin, a skilled transplant surgeon. The gunman, allegedly a disgruntled patient, killed himself after shooting the surgeon several times in the chest. Officers closed off the hospital […]

OT: A disturbing trend in legal promotions

Posted on April 18, 2011

Recently, I saw an TV ad for a local personal injury attorney that really disturbed me. In it, he promised his clients that he would fight to get them the largest settlement possible, and boasted of his prowess in doing so.He didn’t talk about finding the truth. He didn’t refer to doing the best possible […]

OT: Russian Cat gets plastic surgery ?!!

Posted on April 13, 2011

Here is another one from the “Believe It or Not” Files, courtesy of the Austriantimeswebsite. Sounds like the Russian cat had a blepharoplasty and canthopexy…or would that be a “cat-o-pexy”? Crazy!! ********** Fury over cat’s plastic surgery Animal rights activists have criticised a “cruel” cat owner who put her pedigree puss through plastic surgery so she […]

A groovy poster about breast health!

Posted on April 7, 2011

Thanks to Ramona Bates, MD (blog link here) and for bringing this fabulously eye-catching poster about Breast Self-Examination (BSE) to my attention.

OT: Pageant-obsessed mom gives 8 year old daughter Botox

Posted on March 29, 2011

Here is a story that is certainly offbeat – a beauty-pageant obsessed mom is injecting her 8 year old daughter with Botox & fillers (that she buys online) with the hopes of making her a famous star. (link) According to the story: Kerry, 34, buys botox and fillers online and injects them into her daughter’s […]

OT: Information on Japanese earthquake & tsunami relief efforts

Posted on March 14, 2011

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. The search and rescue phase of this response is still underway with 15 international teams augmenting the Japanese resources. The American College of Surgeons sent out this handy reference page for news updates and aid organizations, which […]


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